The Departing

The End Time Saga, Book 4
Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
Series: The End Time Saga, Book 4
Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
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Run, hide, or fight are your only options in this deadly game of apocalypse...but you can only run so far.

Steele and his followers retreat before the might of Colonel Jackson's rogue military unit. Jackson is always two steps ahead in their apocalyptic war, and Steele's back is against the ropes. He must find a way to outlast his opponent while holding his loose confederation of allies and former enemies together or face certain annihilation.

Back in her small hometown of Hacklebarney, Iowa, Gwen struggles to convince her cautious neighbors to provide refuge for Steele's haggard forces. If she doesn't succeed, Jackson's noose will tighten, and her friends and loved ones will be crushed on the banks of the Mississippi River.

The remaining loyal United States military implements a daring plan to hold the nation's eastern flank against the dead. Operation Homefront hinges on the successful training of the civilian population for war. Colonel Kinnick quickly finds that not everyone wants their help.

The dead and the living alike march in a struggle for the ashes of a nation. Like a game of chess, every move dictates who will live and who will die in this epic fourth book of the award-winning End Time saga.

©2018 Daniel Greene (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Difficult to 'PART' with 'THE DEPARTING'

Just when I thought "The End Time Saga" could not get any better! Absolutely remarkable! I cannot wait till the next book ("The Holding") comes out.

So much happened in this episode, and I barely noticed the almost nonexistent Zombie fighting. Testament to what a phenomenal novelist Mr. Greene is.

Loss of friends and foes alike, with Steele and Gwen showing new sides/capabilities to their already multidimensional, resilient characters, and loved traveling to Gwen's hometown in Iowa, meeting her family, friends, and even an old beaux of hers from years ago.

This episode certainly left quite a bit of unanswered questions, which I am excited to find out the answers to in the upcoming episodes.

Much thanks to narrator Mr. Keith Szarabajka, who always does a fantabulous job voicing all of the characters. Absolutely terrific! :)

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Great Read

just finished and will say I loved it. the ending was perfect. some unexpected turn of events along with a few hangers. being from southeast Iowa I enjoyed being able to picture everything and follow all that went down in Iowa.
keep up the good work and excited for the next book in the series!!

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  • 12-07-18

Once again amazing!!!

Once again Daniel Greene pulled me into a book that I could not stop listening to with another fantastic novel. The best of the End Time Saga books so far, The Departing paints a new picture of this thriller series. Gwen is back and we see a new backdrop of how the virus is affecting those West of the Mississippi River. Emotions run deep as we lose some favorite characters. Can’t say enough about this audible book and Keith does another fantastic job narrating! Greene....Hurry, hurry, hurry to finish book 5. I can’t wait with to get off the cliff!!!!!!!!!!!

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Action packed and entertaining!

I've enjoyed the series so far and look forward to the next installment. Hats off to the narrator.

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Another thrilling story from Mr. Greene!

It gets better with each new installment! I especially love some of the new character introductions in The Departing and I'm so excited that they are continuing their journey through the midwest! Keith Szarabajka is a fantastic voice actor and I've enjoyed listening to him all through this series- highly recommend!

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Awesome series!!

I love this series highly recommend for anyone wanting a great story to keep you on the edge of your seat. The writing really pulls you in with great character development and the reader is really good at different voices.

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Compelling story, immature characters

The author clearly has skills, as I was hooked by the story and listened to the whole series (so far). But I was also frustrated by the fact that much of the set up and story turns were created by the main protagonists acting on motives and decisions that were immature and out of character. It was tough to listen to Gwen, the supposedly successful, professional, ethical woman make basic YA lit mistakes and statements.

The narrator did a good job selling it.

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Disappointing- silly

I found this series went further downhill as the story continued. Unfortunately, I was desperate to have something to listen to on long drives.

The characters were shallow and never developed. Gwen, the main female protagonist was was an awful person in general, lacking any virtues, self-pitying and vengeful. The main male protagonist, Steele, was overly brooding and even after victories on the battlefield his refrain was always, “but so many died, and it’s all my fault”. Nothing attractive about either character.

The conversations were often long-winded, uninteresting, or just plain silly. I ended up skipping through many of them.

They battles with the dead quickly became mundane. The people were often making mortal and idiotic mistakes in their dealings with dead and with enemies.

By book four it was almost too annoying finish the story.